Project: Assessment and Modelling Baltic Ecosystem Response

The general aim of AMBER is the implementation and application of the Ecosystem Approach to Management (EAM) to the Baltic Sea with a focus on the coastal ecosystem (CE). The first step of AMBER is the separation of climate from anthropogenic signals in the CE by means of a combinatorial variation in model’s boundary conditions using the output of existing regional climate change scenarios and the output of a watershed model simulating changes in land use. The second step of AMBER is the application of models for future projections. To reduce the problem of model uncertainties, the ensemble method will be applied. The resulting projections are milestones for the development of EAM tools. To implement the EAM concept successfully requires the best available scientific information as a basis for integrated management. Therefore, retrospective analyses on long‐term data sets, intensive modeling with different types of models and selected measurements of biogeochemical transformation processes in the near coastal area and the groundwater will be applied and integrated into a sound scientific basis for supporting the development of EAM tools such as risk assessment, mitigation strategies, and Ecological Quality Objectives. Finally, cost‐effective indicators will be developed to improve monitoring strategies and to guide management decision making. EAM with its tools will be the core of science based advice for integrated management.

Acronym AMBER (Reference Number: 8)
Duration 01/01/2009 - 31/12/2011
Project Topic environmental research/marine ecosystem management
Project Results
(after finalisation)
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Network BONUS+
Call BONUS+ Call in 2007

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Baltic Sea Research Institute Warnemünde Coordinator Germany
2 Forschungsverbund Berlin e. V. Partner Germany
4 University of Helsinki Partner Finland
5 Stockholm University Partner Sweden
6 Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute Partner Sweden
7 University of Hamburg Partner Germany
10 University of Turku Partner Finland
11 University Klaipeda Partner Lithuania
12 Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences Partner Poland
13 Aalto University Foundation Partner Finland